Lafayette Restaurant

4.9
967 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Washington’s destination for power dining, the Lafayette Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch. With large windows opening onto Lafayette park & the White House, this sun-lit dining room is one of the most elegant settings in the capital & is certain to complement any dining experience.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 638-2570
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nicolas Legret
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Catering
Private Dining available for groups of up to 18 guests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
H Street
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Parking details
Parking is complimentary for dinner. A parking fee of $12.00 via hotel valet parking for breakfast Monday - Friday and Sunday Brunch. $28 for Lunch Monday - Saturday.
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Public transit
McPherson Square, Farragut West, Farragut North
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Entertainment
Our pianist Tom Vogt is playing every Monday – Saturday evening and for Sunday Brunch
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Special events & promotions
Brunch on most major holidays.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The private room within the Lafayette Restaurant can accommodate up to 24 guests. Windows open to a panoramic view of Lafayette Park and The White House.

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What 967 People Are Saying
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BP
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes and scallops and chicken salad were exceptional. This is what I would consider a caring restaurant: they care for the quality of their product, how the diner feels and how all of that is delivered to the table -- a great experience all around. What could have been better is having your pianist play the silent Steinway as background music to add the treasure of his music along with such a delightful dining experience. Denis Casper is one of the top pianists in the District! Why not present him at such a beautiful lunch occasion. Bob Pajer

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P
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time close to the White House to start the trip off great!!

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W
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class service by a professional wait staff. Attentive service with classically prepared food. Delicious. Highly recommended!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette has it all- fabulous food and ambiance with impeccable staff.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting and delicious food. Our waitress was very efficient, gracious, and friendly. The other staff were also very friendly.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Christmas Brunch after our White House tour was absolutely perfect at this iconic spot. The decadent menu had many great options and the deserts were amazing!

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JJ
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes were excellent!

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful evening! Delicious food.

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S
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a wonderful dinner.Wonderful atmosphere.Definitely a special night.

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DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Caring staff. Plush accommodations. Will return.

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ID
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food, weak wine list for a restaurant of this caliber.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience...
Anthony was amazing....can’t wait to return....

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j
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always love going to the Lafayette Restaurant. The quality of the food is guaranteed to be good and the atmosphere is elegant. Our server, Clarence, is now a friend. He makes every visit a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful dining experience......great waiter....

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PP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly magical setting for our anniversary dinner. Beautiful place, amazing vegan-friendly dinner, and across the street from the White House!

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BB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting across from the park in a grand hotel. Outstanding service that is a forgotten art. Food was flavorful and nicely presented. I will certainly return!

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CT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at this elegant restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was first-rate. Because the trees obscured the view of Lafayette Park and the White House, one of the staff escorted us to a balcony off the 9th floor after we finished our lunch. The view of the White House and the Executive Office Building with the Washington Monument in the background was a postcard perfect picture. Afterward she took us to the bar downstairs where the walls were covered with caricatures of Washington's elite. We left with a gift of coasters of some of the best drawings. It was a perfect day and I was very pleased that my out of town guest was able to share this experience with me. Yes, the lunch was expensive, but the memory was worth every cent.

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EH
Portland
55 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant setting at the Hay Adams Hotel. Wonderful prepared meals and great service.
Perfect for special occasion.

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great, quiet, romantic restaurant. It’s the type of place to go to impress a date, propose to someone, or celebrate an anniversary (why I was there).
There was a nice piano playing for ambience.
It was a beautiful and fancied appointed restaurant, with a view of the White House from certain tables.
The service was very nice and seemed to be willing to be silent or charming depending on the diners’ needs.

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MB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time! Ernesto was fabulous and couldn’t have been more helpful... one of the best nights in DC

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PT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Absolutely beautiful! Highly recommend for a romantic evening

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, great experience, wait staff a pleasure, especially Geovanny.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was appropriately engaged, dover sole was well prepared.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there many times and have always been more than satisfied

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VG
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staying at the Hay is always a joy, so is eating there. Dinner and breakfast wonderful. Not cheap, but very delightful. Cozy, quiet and elegant.

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WS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Underwhelming experience. We will not return. We had the beet salad which was good, the grilled octopus was ok, the rack of lamb was good. The highlight was the raspberry soufflé.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great high-end breakfast meeting location.

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U
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were wonderful.

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Beirut/Lebanon
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit overrated in terms of luxury and ambience but very good food. The waiter got me the bill without even asking for it, i’ve been only there for half an hour, I did finish my food, but I wasn’t ready to leave, guess that was the wait for him to ask me to leave for whatever reason.

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P
Baltimore
188 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the Hay-Adams and decided to make a reservation for dinner here to avoid having to go out. We were certainly happy that we did. The food was all excellent and the service was superb. Well worth the visit.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for birthday with family.
1. Bread basket had a variety but it wasn’t warm and fresh. Bread was cold.
2. Octopus (appetizer) was very bland. Had no salt and spices.
3. Dover sole was really good...but overpriced.
4. Lamb rack was good and made to perfection.

Overall, a decent experience. Server was nice and friendly. Food was pricey. For the same amount, I have had much better food and Service.

Usually such places offer some token of appreciation for celebration, but I was surprised there was none offered.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The buffet of starters for the brunch was excellent. I could have stopped there and we should have. Our two year old granddaughter was not entertained by the waiters silently gliding bye. No excitement to entertain her. The service for the main course, which was also very good, was very slow. Be prepared to stay a while.

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CB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was spectacular! And the pianist was perfect. Great way to spend an evening.

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JW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t be better

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PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

A perfect DC location for breakfast. A higher rating would have been given if the staff were more excited about the food on offer and talked it through more clearly with their international guests.

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H
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining as it should be. Elegant and refined with attentive, impeccable service.

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LF
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Typical hotel breakfast though a very busy location.

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JL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Lafayette Restaurant of the Hay-Adams House is my favorite place to celebrate special occasions and to entertain out-of-town guests. Its historic location, beautiful appointments, excellent service, elegant ambiance --and valet parking--are the reasons for my choice.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lafayette restaurant inside the Hay Adams hotel was a wonderful experience. Definitely more of a special occasion night out as it is expensive. Staff was attentive and friendly and food very well done.

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